Jamhuri Day

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Jamhuri Day
Observed by Every Kenyan
Date 12 December
Next time 12 December 2016 (2016-12-12)
Frequency annual

Jamhuri Day is a national holiday in Kenya, celebrated on 12 December each year.[1] Jamhuri is the Swahili word for "republic" and the holiday is meant to officially mark the date of Kenya's establishment as a republic which happened on 12 December 1964. The country also gained full independence from the United Kingdom one year earlier on 12 December 1963, so Jamhuri Day is a double event and is generally regarded as Kenya's most important holiday, marked by numerous festivities which celebrate the country's cultural heritage. On the first day Jomo Kenyatta, the first Kenyan president


  1. ^ Facts and Figures Government of Kenya, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Accessed 1 June 2011)

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